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Re: Thomas Henderson, born 1781, Albemarle Co., Virginia
Posted by: anthony lewis (ID *****6947) Date: August 12, 2010 at 11:16:02
In Reply to: Re: Thomas Henderson, born 1781, Albemarle Co., Virginia by Chandler Eavenson of 1325

After doing some further research on The Rev. James Maury, I discovered that his son, Rev. Matthew Maury took over the Fredericksville Parish as its' rector,also the school. From "A History of Louisa County, Virginia", by Harris: "Rev. Matthew Maury, succeeded his father as minister in Fredericksville Parish, (Church of England) and served there from 1770 until his his death in 1808. Mr. Grammer, who was rector about 1880 states: There was no book of records kept of either the vestry and any form of register as fas as known. It is unfortunate that was not done, for the material that it would have contained would have been inestimable value to the historian and genealogist of the section."
I am convinced, now more than ever, that my ancestor, Rev. Thomas Henderson, attended that classical school. Thomas was born in 1781, so he would have been of educating age at the time of Rev. Matthew Maurys' time at this school.
In the early 1930's a book on this side of my mothers family was published. In it the author, Mrs. Emma Rouse Lloyd, stated that no comprehensive sketch could be made of the early life or education of Thomas Henderson. Now I know why this woman was never able to find any school record for our ancestor Henderson. We know he was fairly well educated and lived his own life preaching the Gospel of Christ. This he did in the Baptist Church. Rev. Henderson was also an educator and was Superintendant of the Choctaw Academy in Kentucky teaching sons of the Native American Chiefs technical trades and other instruction. He taught surveying, ( He was a surveyor having surveyed St. Louis Township, Missuori.)astronomy, geography, and conducted a boys singing chorus that was a popular intertainment in the area.
Thanks so much for giving me the tools I needed to find out more.
Anthony Lewis


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